Santa Ana, CA - November 14, 2008
North Hills, CA - November 8, 2008- Mike Brown and his wife Norma made a visit to the TNM shop. Mike recently placed an order for his own TNM - Maphis - SN011. Body and neck wood have been glued up and some of the pickguard inlays have been started. (see progress) We'll begin in earnest shortly when a couple of other projects are complete.
Mike plays the Mighty TNM
The 1963 re-necked and remodeled Joe Maphis Mosrite Special is on display in the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. This little neck may not be seen again for quite some time. - Thanks Elaine
BAKERSFIELD, CA - July 20,2008 A doubleneck summit sprung to life at historic Narduchi's Bar. The fabulous Bobby Durham with the Bakersfield Sound Band invited Bryan Browne, guitar whiz from Australia, just here from the CAAS event in Nashville to sit in. Brian Lonbeck, lead guitar from the band and young Bryan meet for an unforgettable guitar exhibition that drew a standing ovation from the house. Great show you guys.
Brian and Bryan - Fire On The Strings
Brian and Bryan - Flying Fingers
NORTH HILLS, CA July 17, 2008 Bryan Browne receives his TNM Maphis. SEE PHOTOS
CAAS 2008 July 9-12 The annual Chet Atkins Appreciation Society event held in Nashville. We just love this show. 4 days of pickin' and grin'n. It's wall to wall with the best fingerpickers and flat pickers on the planet. One of our personal favorites is Bryan Browne. Bryan will be picking up his TNM SN 010 this week but did us the honor of playing our single neck Town Hall at several of the shows. Bryan, now 14, amazed the crowd of mainly accomplished guitar pickers with his ever growing mastery of the instrument. Here he is playing a Joe Maphis staple - Flying Fingers - don't try this at home.
We also had the honor of meeting Jody Maphis. Jody, the son of guitar giant Joe Maphis. You won't meet a nicer guy. Jody was pleased that Bryan had chosen Joe as one of his idol's. Bryan played several of Joe's familiar hot tracks for us in the lobby that soon created a small crowd including Gary Lambert and Thom Bresh.. Jody and Thom played the Town Hall a bit too. Thom Bresh got his video camera out and featured Bryan in a BDTV short film from CAAS. (The Town Hall looks and sounds pretty good too)
The next day we got together again. Jody Maphis brought his mom, Rose Lee Maphis to meet Bryan and see him play the blistering guitar anthems that made her husband Joe so famous. Bryan did a great job and was honored to play for them. The Maphis family surprised both my self and Bryan with special gifts. Jody presented me with one of Joe's custom belt buckles. Rosewood with MOP inlays with "Joe Maphis" in the center. Bryan was presented with Joe's actual doubleneck guitar strap! Holy Smokes, what an afternoon. Thank you both so much for your incredible generosity and hospitably. We were further honored, being invited to their home on the Sunday before we had to come home. Bless you both.
Jody Maphis presents Bryan Browne with Joe's doubleneck strap.
Rose Lee Maphis with Bryan Browne and his new strap.
March 2008 - 400 S. Long Beach Blvd., Compton, CA. - Who could tell these days that the beloved home of West Coasts Country/Western, and Rockabilly royalty once held this land where their castle stood strong. Yes friends, this is where, long ago stood the old Town Hall where Town Hall Party once ruled supreme.
Photo submitted by Buddy Dughi - If you copy this please give credit
January 19, 2008 - The Town Hall - TNM's new single neck makes debut at the Deke Dickerson Guitar Geek Festival.
Town Hall Guitar Pictures
Buddy Dughi checks out the new Town Hall during set-up. It was impossible to get any pictures during the event. This was the largest turn out to date. The place was packed.
Headlining - The Collins Kids with their first Southern California appearance for over a decade really brought the enthusiasts out. Larry and Lorrie saluted Rose Lee Maphis and the other Town Hall Party attendees. Brian Lonbeck, another old friend of Rose Lee also paid tribute to her as well. Deke had invited as many of the original Town Hall Party cast as could be found. Rose Lee Maphis, Marilyn Tuttle, Betty Anderson the wife of the late Les 'Carrot Top' Anderson and Bobby Charles. TNM was delighted to have them at our booth for the evening.
Marilyn Tuttle, Suzy Dughi, Rose Lee Maphis and Buddy Dughi. Marilyn and Rose Lee, original performers on Town Hall Party were special guests at the Geek Fest.
Rose Lee Maphis autographs vintage Town Hall Party album for Deke Dickerson (seated) talking with Betty Anderson.
I was also fortunate to get a photo with Rose Lee. This was the first time I was able to show her my tribute "Maphis" guitar She is such a lovely lady. It was actually Rose that asked to get a picture of myself and the guitar. . . now how cool is that!
January 17, 2008 - Lloyd Mills receives his Maphis 009 right after arriving from the UK at our hotel for NAMM week.
Lloyd Mills 009 PICTURES
Next night Lloyd gave it a work out sitting in with Buddy and Suzy Dughi at the Juke Joint in Anaheim. Lloyd's dad Alan, joined the stage for a couple of numbers off his CD that brought the house to attention. Alan also surprised me with an order for The Town Hall. Thank you kindly guys.
Lloyd, Alan, Buddy
All Aboard - Jan. 19, 2008
Deke Dickerson Guitar Geek Festival #5. The premiere guitar enthusiast event of the year will again be at the Jolly Roger Hotel adjacent to the NAMM Show at the Anaheim Convention Center January 19, 2008 It's a must do event.
Click on the poster for a bigger view.
Oct 2007 - Buddy Dughi (sn004) captures the look and
feel of the Town Hall Party days with full era dress and a
beautiful TNM Custom. What could be cooler! I want to see
you and Suzy live!
August 2007 - Bryan Browne, 13 year old guitar whizz from Australia has commisioned The Maphis #10 to be built.
Thank you kindly. Go to Bryan's MySpace page.
Here's Billy's reaction - right out of the box!